University of Huddersfield Lifelong Learning (Pre-Service) (X371)

PGCE full time

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) is an academic qualification in education.

It’s recognised internationally, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

This course does not lead to qualified teacher status (QTS).

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
https://www.hud.ac.uk/the-university/teacher-training/

Contents

About the course

If you’re looking to progress into a career teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector, including sixth form and further education colleges, adult education and a wide range of other training and educational settings, then this course could be ideal for you. We welcome applicants with industrial skills and/or relevant academic qualifications and a passion for teaching and training others.

Upon successful completion of this course, you’ll be eligible to proceed, following a process of professional formation through the Society for Education and Training to gain Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status. This is the full professional status for teachers in the Lifelong Learning Sector.

The course gives you the opportunity to concentrate on your own subject area, in addition to your subject specialism you may be required to embed core subjects including English, Maths, Digital Literacies and SEND into your teaching and Learning.

The focus of this course is on practical teaching. You’ll have the opportunity to gain experience of learning and teaching alongside other professionals with support from tutors and work-based mentors. You’ll be supported to develop the necessary skills to become an effective teacher.

You’ll be taught through a wide range of teaching and learning methods and you’ll have a personal tutor who’ll be assigned to you throughout your studies to support your ongoing development. There’s a wide range of assessment activity including the creation of resources to support learning, seminars, lectures and presentations.

A significant amount of your learning takes place whilst on placement within our partnership institutions. You’ll have the opportunity to benefit from being able to observe experienced teachers, gain practical hands-on experience and to be mentored to help you develop into a successful and effective teacher.

You’ll also have access to our extensive professional and academic network, which feeds directly into course design and delivery, and to excellent facilities and specialist equipment.

Please note: This course is available at the University (taught jointly with students on the CertEd qualification) and is also available through the Education and Training Consortium (http://consortium.hud.ac.uk/centres/).

Teaching placements

As well as studying at the University, you’ll learn the practical skills of teaching through a placement in an appropriate educational institution.

Previous trainees have been placed in a range of institutions including colleges, work-based learning providers and in offender and community learning settings. You’ll complete at least 100 hours of teaching in total on placement.

Your placements could be based in areas some distance from your point of study, so please be aware of potential associated travelling costs.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

related to your specialist area.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

Personal qualities

We need to know that you have the potential to complete the course successfully and gain Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status, following a process of professional formation through the Society for Education and Training (https://set.et-foundation.co.uk/home).

You’ll be required to demonstrate your commitment to teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector both in your application and during your interview.

We’re committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability and sexual orientation. We aim to ensure that course participants are representative of the diverse society in which we live.

Other requirements

In addition you must also:

  • Provide Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and health clearances.
  • Provide two satisfactory references.
  • Complete a satisfactory interview.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £16,000

You can apply for a tuition fee loan as part of your application to Student Finance England for loans and grants. Student Finance England will pay your fees direct to the University.

You don’t have to pay the loan back while you study. It will only be repayable when you have left the course and earn over £25,000 a year.

When you enrol we will ask you who will be paying for your fees and whether you have requested a loan. If you have not taken the loan, we will send you an invoice for the fees, which will require payment in full during the relevant academic year.

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance (https://www.hud.ac.uk/international/tuition-fees/) pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

About the training provider

Whether you want to teach in early years, primary, secondary or lifelong learning, we’ll help you get the professional training and experience needed to become a confident and successful teacher. We operate strong and credible partnerships with local and national education providers, including leading The Education and Training Consortium consisting of 21 regional partners. So if you’re looking to pursue a career in teaching then we could be the perfect choice.

We combine the latest research and cutting-edge teaching practice to help ensure our trainees are able to equip themselves with the most relevant and up-to-date skills needed in the classroom.

We have excellent facilities in the School of Education and Professional Development including our mock classrooms for early years and primary practice, our science lab and music studio to support your preparation for the classroom.

Our aim is to develop teachers who can transform the learning and life opportunities of the children, young people and adults they work with. Through inclusive practice, reflection and continuous personal development, our trainees are empowered to become autonomous practitioners who enable all learners to reach their potential. We have an excellent reputation both locally and nationally.

By choosing to study with the University of Huddersfield, you’ll join an inspiring, passionate and committed community focused on making your studies as enjoyable, rewarding and productive as possible. We look forward to welcoming you.

Interview process

You will be shortlisted for interview based on your application. You’ll normally be interviewed alongside a small group of other applicants, by specialist tutors from the programme.

After a briefing about the course, you’ll be required to complete a series of tasks to assess your suitability to teach. These activities may include group work, a short presentation and a written task.

Adjustments can be made to the interview process to ensure equality of opportunity.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our Wellbeing and Disability Service works with students with a range of disabilities and long-term conditions that have a significant impact on their ability to study. This includes specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, long-term medical conditions such as diabetes, mobility or physical disabilities or conditions, hearing impairments, visual impairments, social communication difficulties such as autistic spectrum conditions or mental health issues.

Our main aim is to work alongside you to get the right support in place at the right time as we believe that nothing should stop you achieving what you’re capable of. For more information please email disability@hud.ac.uk.

Contact this training provider

Email
sepd@hud.ac.uk
Telephone
01484 478249
Website
https://www.hud.ac.uk/the-university/teacher-training/
Address
Queensgate
Huddersfield
Kirklees
HD1 3DH

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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